PERICLES project introduced at UNODC conference in Kuala Lumpur
Consortium member, Rob Out (Project leader of Counter Terrorism Extremism and Radicalisation; National Police Netherlands), presented on PERICLES in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week. He presented at a three-day UNODC cross regional conference on strengthening national and regional efforts in preventing and countering violent extremism. Participants came from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Bangladesh and Malaysia. There were some very active CSO’s (Civil Society Organisations) present.
Rob Out addressed the participants on topics such as the Radicalisation Awareness Network – RAN and the PERICLES Project. Besides the project structure, partners, and deliverables, special attention was paid to the Cyber Detection Tool (Twitter Accounts Classification Tool), the Family Support Package and the multi-agency Vulnerability Assessment Tool.
Furthermore, Rob spoke about training, early detection, community policing and multi-agency cooperation, as well as about some inspiring practices from the Netherlands. Rob’s friend Kasper Fisker presented the successful preventive approach in Albertyslund (Denmark).
The conference had very interesting regional speakers on inspiring projects like disengagement in prisons, reintegration, the role of universities, how to effectively engage with youth, and the role of women and families.
The violent extremist challenges and causes are often not much different from those in Europe.
The concluding session of the conference was a very positive discussion on the foundation of a ‘RAN inspired’ PVE network for Asia.